Potomac Community Overturns Plans for Medical Cannabis Dispensary

“I have been notified that the manager of the Potomac Oak Shopping Center has terminated the lease with the dispensary owner, Mikran LLC.” — County Councilmember Roger Berliner

Just a few weeks ago, it seemed the petition circulating around the neighborhood surrounding Potomac Oak Shopping Center at Travilah and Glen roads was too little, too late.

Plans were moving ahead to open a medical marijuana dispensary at the shopping center. Its opening was expected for the end of summer, according to Darren Weiss, vice president and general counsel of Zen Leaf Dispensaries, which planned to operate the dispensary. Weiss spoke to the Almanac in late April.

“The owner of the shopping center has bowed to the community opposition and has terminated the lease,” Jason Levine, who started the petition on Change.org, wrote in an email. “The dispensary has been defeated.”

Levine sent a copy of the petition to County Councilmember Roger Berliner.

“I have been monitoring the developments regarding the proposed dispensary, and have heard the opposition expressed by your community and the tenants of the shopping center,” Berliner wrote to Levine. “This sentiment was further conveyed following the community meeting held by the proposed tenant, Mikran LLC (Zen Leaf Potomac), on Friday, April 27, 2018.”

He then shared with Levine the news he hoped for:

“I have been notified that the manager of the Potomac Oak Shopping Center has terminated the lease with the dispensary owner, Mikran LLC. For your convenience, I have attached letters from the manager to Mikran LLC and to the tenants of the shopping center regarding the termination of the lease. It is clear that the voices of the community and other tenants regarding this matter were heard and responded to promptly by the shopping center owner.”

Meanwhile Guy Semmes, manager of Potomac

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